Saturday, June 25, 2011

Another Jewelmint Haul Video!

Hiya lovelies!!!  I got yet ANOTHER Jewelmint package this week and wanted to share it with you all!!!

If you don't like my black bra straps or my messy cuz I came from the pool hair, well then that is too bad.  Also, please forgive the state of my mani :)

Finally, I reaalllllyyyy would love your feedback on the issue I talk about in the vlog.  Thanks guys!!!!


Neon Pops

Hey lovelies!  I thought I'd share my outfit from the other day with you :)  I wish I had accessorized more, but I didn't :(
I love this because it's a white outfit with pops of neon!  LOVE!
Sunnies: Target, Shirt & Shorts: Walmart, Scarf: NY & Company, Clutch: Ava Rose, Wedges: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
These wedges are amazing.  They are suede straps, and the color seriously just blends in to my skin tone.  Isn't it ridiculous??  Plus, they were on clearance at TJ Maxx for $39.  I almost peed.  The original price was like $140 or something.  IN-SANE.

Have a great weekend lovelies!!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jewelmint Haul Video!

Hiya lovelies!!!  I received TWO packages from Jewelmint in today's mail, and I thought I would share my pieces with you!  If you aren't a member yet, no fear, click here!  I'm super sorry for the poor video quality using the webcam on my computer.  Next video I'll make sure is so much better, promise!!!   Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday's Tips: Cold Water Bottle and How to Remove Sticker Residue

Hey lovelies!!  I am starting a new series with some of my tips that I thought weren't so super duper, but apparently some people think they are pretty rad!  So please let me know if this is a feature you would like to see more of!
I'm pretty obsessive about recycling and upcycling whenever possible.  I drink alot of vodka from time to time, and was inspired by a swanky little restaurant in Denver who uses their empty liquor bottles for water bottles they bring to your table.  I washed my empty in the dishwasher, and used some adhesive remover (more on that below!) to remove the rest of the label.  I keep the bottle in the fridge, filled with water.  This way I always have super duper cold water on hand, and when I give guests a glass of water, they *always* ask how I got my water so cold!  I mean, you could use ice, but everybody does that.  I like this way of sprucing up my plain tap water :)

I buy alot of my shoes at TJ Maxx.  You seriously can't go wrong for the price, it's hit and miss though, like everything there.  Anyhow....I *hate* those friggen stickers they put inside that NEVER peel off nicely.  Grrrr.  I used to just peel them off as best I could and then hope the rest wears off.  But it just got yucky instead.  So here's what to do.
Peel off as much of the sticker as you can, leaving just the residue.
This stuff is beyond genius.  If you don't have it, go get it!  It has a little sponge applicator and then the scrape-y cap.  So using the sponge, press a little and rub the liquid into the residue.  The majority of it should come off this way.  Then after letting it sit for about 20 seconds, put the scraper cap on and use it to scrape off the rest of the residue.  Repeat if necessary.
And there ya go!  It took about 2-3 minutes to get it all off, and it looks like it was never there!
So what do you think of these tips?  Do you have any tips to share?  Please email them to me and I'll include them next week!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kids Fashion Haul at Target

Hi lovelies!  Here's my *first* shopping haul video!!  This one is for kids' fashion and how I save a ton of money on their clothes...  Please let me know what y'all think, if you would like to see more haul videos, if me pushing up my glasses annoys you, anything.  PS: JT makes several video hijacking appearances.  Be forewarned.


DIY: 'Studded' Embroidery Floss Wrapped Earrings

Happy Monday lovelies!  I debuted these earrings in an outfit post last week here, and promised the DIY :)   Here's what you'll need:
Knot the thread onto the hoop and secure with clear nail polish.  Then begin wrapping around.  I wrapped 8 times then added a bead.  However, I could have spaced them out a little more.  To add a bead, simply thread the bead onto the floss and hold it in place on the earring while continuing to wrap the thread around.  Keep going the whole way around, then knot the thread on when done, securing with clear nail polish.

I really like how these turned out, and from a distance, they look as though they are studded.  I love this design, and haven't seen anything like it anywhere yet, have you?  If you decide to make these, please send me a pic!!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Neon + Neutral

Hello and Happy Friday, lovelies!!!  Today's post is for the Bloggers Do It Better June outfit challenge to wear neons and neutrals. I had this super cute outfit planned out, but I got ready for the pool with the kids and realized hey!  I'm wearing neon and neutral!  So my Bella played photographer for me.  I'm wearing my periwinkle ikat bikini from Target with my OP neon yellow cheetah print burnout coverup from Walmart.  I'm going with the my skin is neutral philosophy here :)

What do you think of my pool-going look?

I'm also linking up to Fashion Friday :)


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Neon Colorblocking Outfit

Hello lovelies!!  I thought I'd share my new fave outfit for yall!
Skirt: Calypso St. Barth for Target (on clearance now 50% off!), Shirt: Walmart, Bracelets: DIY here and here, Earrings: DIY here, Sunglasses: Forever 21

It's so nice out today, and I was just about to take the kids to the pool, when the friggen clouds and wind came in.  Efffff.  Oh well.  The sun will come out tomorrow... hahahaha!  (pun intended)


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Perfect Lazy Summer Outfit

Hello lovelies!  I had to share this outfit, which surprisingly cost very very little!  It's so comfy and on trend for this summer!
I got the silk Banana Republic tunic at a thrift store for $6 and the shorts from Walmart for $10.  Holla.
Sunnies: Moschino, Flip flops: Havaianas, Earrings: DIY
So JT was my photographer and instructed me on this pose.  So cute right?  He's like, how about you stand like this, and put up your hand like this?  hahaha
Do you love the 'studded' earrings?  I'll be putting up a tutorial soon.....


Friday, June 10, 2011

It's (Fashion) Friday...Everybody's Looking Forward to the Weekend

Ahhhh it's Friday!!!  YAY!  I love Fridays.  The work week is almost done, the weekend is practically upon us, and we can wear pretty much whatever we want to work.  Usually, everyone dresses down like a slob in jeans, dirty sneakers, and the cliche t-shirt.  Yuck.  I'll rock that, sure, if I'm doing yardwork or something like that.  I try to still wear something I'd wear any other day, but maybe it's a bit more casual due to the fabric or something.  So today I'm wearing this jersey maxi dress by OP from Walmart.  It's one of my fave dresses right now, and I think I paid like $15 for it.  Of course since it's strapless, I'm wearing a plain white cardi over it.
I've paired it with some Miss Trish of Capri sandals, turquoise jewelry, hot pink lips, and my awesome purple Eco nerd chic glasses.  These are so rad, they are made of recycled materials, they plant a tree when you buy them, and they look great!
I never wear lipstick, but vowed to today.  And I went all out.  Why go with a safe and practical nude or rosy color when you can go over the top with a bright blueish pink?  Done.  I'm kinda lovin it and am going to go get more bright lipsticks :)
What are you up to this weekend?  We are going camping tomorrow, so I am trying to come up with my lists now, so I can do all the shopping and gathering tonight.  I am so excited!  
Have a fabulous Friday, lovelies!!
Don't forget to link up to Blonde Episodes' Fashion Fridays!!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

DIY: Disney Couture Pirate's Life Inspired Earrings

I love these Disney Couture earrings.  I love skulls, and coupling that with the embroidery floss wrapped hoop makes for the worlds most perfectest earrings ever.  Now at $48, they are definitely affordable.  However, I'm not going to spend that much when I can make it for nada using materials I already have!
I really apologize for not taking pics of the actual process, but I used four different colors of embroidery floss, about a yard of each per earring, a pair of plain hoop earrings, some plastic skull beads, and gold spray paint.  I spray painted the beads with 2 coats, they maybe could have used 3.  The process for the earrings is the same as for my Anthropologie Swathed Hoops inspired earrings.   I pretty much just eyeballed a quarter of the way around for each color, then knotted in the next color, trimming the ends.  When I was about halfway through with the third color (green), I threaded the bead onto the embroidery floss and then onto the earring, then resumed knotting the floss around the hoop.  This was a very easy project, and there are so many possible variations!
Do you love my "Pirate" earrings?  I actually don't think of them as pirate earrings.  Just awesome colorblocked earrings with a rad gold skull :)


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Take on Summer 2011 Trends

Wow, there are so many trends running rampant this summer.  I think that the most common thread shared by most is COLOR!!  Color is everywhere!!  From orange and pink colorblocking to neon accessories to yellow nails, it's safe to say that Summer 2011 trends are not for wallflowers.  It's notice me, in your face color!  It's you-can-see-me-coming-from-2-blocks-away color!  

Spring 2011 Colors from Pantone
Corresponding clothing in Pantone hues
In all shapes and sizes, everything is colorful. From bodycon minis to full on maxis, oversized tees to barely there camis and everything in between, there are no rules.  Maybe keep in mind proportion and silhouette, always a good idea.  A bright orange fitted tee tucked into a neon pink maxi skirt?  Yes please!  A bright pink slouchy oversized tee with structured bottoms?  Done.
Even shoes aren't for the color-phobic.  Is that a real phobia?  (Eeeek, yep and it's called chromophobia).  Brightly hued coral heels are now a summer staple for me.  Gorgeous cobalt, even lemony yellow heels are showing up on the most haute fashionistas.
This amazing trend has even found its way into beauty.  That's right.  Bright blue lids paired with coral lips?  Absolutely!  Lime green lined eyes?  Magenta pout?  Yes and yes!  Don't be afraid to pair bright lips with bright eyes.  It's okay to break the carnal rule of one or the other but not both.  The key here is moderation.  Try a sheer sweep of turquoise on unlined eyes, a single coat of mascara paired with a bright coral lipstick and matching gloss.  Or bright green lids and lime rimmed eyes paired with a sheer pink wash on lips.  It will go perfectly with that breezy maxi and tank you're rocking with those wedges!

MAC Summer collection
Let the color drip down.... to your fingers and toes!  Turquoise, chartreuse, buttery yellow, coral, orange, hot pink.  If you're afraid to put too much commitment into a trend you feel won't be around long, spend a few bucks at the local drugstore on some bright hues for your digits!  Toss on a statement necklace and some bangles and you're good to go!
For those without endless funds or a home to refinance, it can also be done frugally!  I picked up this ON-SPOT vintage Hawaiian dress at the local thrift store a few weeks ago for $3.  No joke!  The fabulous thing about brights is that thrift and vintage stores are LOADED with them.  Think 80s neon and colorblocking, 60s mod, 70s boho.  Mix that all together in a blender and you're left with Summer 11.
So where do you stand?  Are you chromophobic?  Or are you loving and embracing this trend?

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